Nakuru residents have asked the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to put in place measures that will ensure elephants stop straying into their farms.

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The residents of Jogoo in Kamara Ward, Nakuru said they have suffered huge losses for the past eight months and the KWS is doing little to stop the marauding elephants from terrorizing them.

One of the residents, Beatrice Waithera, said the animals which come from a nearby Koibatek forest have destroyed their property and crops.

Speaking to the Standard, the residents said they have been forced to leave their homes and rent houses at market centres following the frequent invasions adding that they have not been compensated for losses incurred.

The residents asked the government and KWS to move with speed and find better solutions in addressing the menace saying their lives are at risk.

“We are no longer sleeping at night because of the rogue elephants roaming around at night. They break stores to eat maize and potatoes,” said Waithera as quoted by Standard.

A Nyumba Kumi elder, James Mwangi, said efforts to stop the animals that regularly invade their farms were futile.

“We have tried everything even involving the Kenya Wildlife Service. The challenge is that when they scare the elephants away, they come back the following day,” said Mwangi.

Baringo County KWS deputy warden Peter Lekeren said human wildlife conflict cases were rampant in the area, a matter he attributed to the animals migrating from Laikipia to Koibatek forest.